I’ve built ten more garden boxes for outside gardening. I used 2″ x 6″ materials with just basic framing design.
They won’t last forever, but I don’t want them to. Once they eventually disintegrate the soil inside will be scattered around to help build up the poor soil in this location.
The fruit trees will eventually grow up and provide too much shade and I’ll be redoing the location of the raised beds elsewhere. By then, I expect to have more fencing to deal with the voracious four-legged rodents.
I’ve been using soaker hoses to help water the boxes in the past, but already have built an automated watering system with PVC and black plastic poly pipe and a mechanical timer.
Forgot to take a picture of the watering system, but I can probably do that tomorrow (today!).
Picture of some of the vegetables growing. Most of these are now in the outside garden.
The greenhouse with some of the “pallet tables” I started with this year. I recycled a bunch of old pallets, simply setting these on concrete construction blocks.
This worked, but they’re not in very good shape. It was also inefficient use of blocks and space, so back to work …
I built eight of these!
They are built with 4′ x 12′ horse panels and 2″ x 6″ framing, which is just like a cattle panel (heavy gauge welded mesh) but with smaller mesh size of 2″ x 4″.
I generally construct with cadmium plated screws on nearly all small construction, because it’s easier to disassemble and repair or recycle (or fix mistakes).
Torx head (star) screws are much better then Philips head which I never buy anymore, you simply never strip one out. I buy them by the case, and have gone through about a dozen cases on various projects, decks and construction and no less then 3 entire sets of cordless drills virtually worn-out.
This should allow the planter pots to sit level on top and not fall through. The very small planters sit inside plastic trays.
The new layout. Much more efficient use of space. Automatic watering system (drip irrigation and a few misters) will be installed shortly.
There is a fair size space in the center area which will allow for some other ideas I’ve got.
My fig tree is doing good. About half the plants were already transplanted into the outside garden. We got hit with a cold snap of 40 degrees or so, and the cucumbers may not make it.
New planting will resume immediately. I like the new layout much better, a lot more efficient use of the space. I plan to go “vertical” with elevated growing beds.
Worm box (vermiculture). Just dirt, manure and organic material tossed in with some worms we could find. It’s only about 3 weeks old so it will be a while before the soil turns over into something usable.